Salah-Mané, a two-legged bench / C1 / Demies / Barcelona-Liverpool (3-0) /


According to the scoreboard, there was no debate over the lawn between Barça and Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final (3-0). Except that Reds could have left Catalunya with two goals in his wallet. That should have been why Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah did not reap their great opportunities.

Doctissimo is formal: " Palpitations, the heart beating fast (…)and shaky legs are the main signs of anxiety.So there is no doubt that Mohammed Salah is an anxious being. Impossible otherwise to explain the failure of the Egyptian striker five minutes from the end of the meeting. However, Liverpool crack is very lonely when the ball falls to his feet within five meters of the cages. So yes, five Barça supporters were present on the goal line. But that is not enough to explain that the current Premier League striker sent his kick in the post. And even if this strike was sent by the "wrong" foot of Salah, the right. A blow to Liverpool that could have reduced the score two minutes after the free-kick Lionel Messi. And Avi Assouly is a witness, scoring a goal off is important before returning home to receive the match back. Blaming the offensive clumsiness with only Mohamed Salah is cruel and even misleading. It would then forget the opportunity totally harvested by his companion Sadio Mané in the first period. Found on the back of defense by Jordan Henderson, the Senegalese striker could have turned Marc-Andre to take Stegen within close range and bring Liverpool back to the 1-1. It's been nothing since old Messin's half-volley flew in the clouds at the Camp Nou.

Trying legs

At the final whistle, these two missed opportunities re-loop in the heads of Liverpool fans. So yes, Sadio Mané was stirring during the whole encounter and can look at himself in the mirror. Yes, Mohamed Salah performed some high-class gestures and found a Marc-André to have Stegen, who definitely recovered the robotic fact left vacant by Manuel Neuer. However, in summing up the combination of the two men, these two "failures" are tarnished. The contrast with Barcelona's offensive success is cool in the back. In front, the pair Luis Suárez-Lionel Messi did not have many more opportunities. But with the two South Americans, the ball entered the net three times. However, before the meeting, Mané spoke of "experienceAccumulated during the Liverpool race last season. Of course this famous experience was especially felt in messi Messi and Suarez, although the latter has not scored any goal this season in the Champions League before opening the score tonight.

The obstacle of the Champions League

But the lack of relative experience of Mané and Salah is not enough to explain their performances tonight. Already because, as said the Senegalese wing, the two men already have a C1 final in the legs. But most of all, because evil seems deeper. When the two arrows charge 41 Premier League goals (21 for Salah, 20 for Mane) this season, they are still tied for 8 in the Champions League (4 each). So we went from 1.14 goals per game to 0.73 goals per game. The same thing last season, when Mohamed Salah walked totally in the water with his 32 pedestrians in the English championship. In Europe, the liquid tremors have been more discreet, with "only" five goals scored. So, yes, in the Champions League, Liverpool does not face Hudderfield and Brighton. But at the same time, this season Lionel Messi has planted 34 times in the league (or 0.97 goals per game) against 12 in the Champions League (or 1.09 goal per game). Let the two men calm down, Luis Suárez goes from 0.6 goal per game in the League to 0.09 goals per game in C1. Except he never loses in big events.

From Steven Oliveira


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